Vegans, Vegetarians Lose More Weight Without Counting Calories

by in Blog 16/11/2013

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In a new study, vegans and vegetarians lost more weight than omnivores, and kept it off for more than six months.

Counting calories may soon be a thing of the past.

A new study sheds light on a weight loss model that involves maintaining a specific diet, rather than tracking calories. Brie Turner-McGrievy, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, studied 63 individuals who were placed into five diet groups—vegan, vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, and omnivorous—for an eight-week span.

The vegans and vegetarians lost 8.2 to 9.9 pounds on average, while omnivores lost 5.1 pounds. The omnivores still lost weight, she notes, but the vegans and vegetarians lost more.

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